Ash Wednesday Liturgy at Noon and 7:00 PM
Return to the Lord, your God,
who is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love.
The Ash Wednesday Liturgy is a solemn and powerful encounter with our mortality and sin. It begins the Lenten season with utter and stark honesty about our human truth and need before God. The imposition of Ashes is an ancient practice of admitting and accepting death and the need for transformation. When heard in the context of God’s great and abundant mercy, it becomes a liberating and renewing ritual.
The noon service is a simple, spoken liturgy with confession, imposition of ashes, and holy communion, followed by a light lunch of soup and sandwiches. The 7:00 pm service follows the Companion Café meal, and includes confession, imposition of ashes, sermon, and holy communion.